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The Other Side of Sadness (Revised): What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss

George Bonanno

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Coping with death & bereavement

In this thoroughly revised and updated classic, a renowned psychologist shows that mourning is far from predictable and all of us share a surprising ability to be resilient

The conventional view of grieving--encapsulated by the famous five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance - is defined by a mourning process that we can only hope to accept and endure.

In The Other Side of Sadness, psychologist and emotions expert George Bonanno argues otherwise. Our inborn emotions - anger and denial but also relief and joy - help us deal effectively with loss. To expect or require only grief-stricken behaviour from the bereaved does them harm. In fact, grieving goes beyond mere sadness and it can actually deepen interpersonal connections and even lead to a new sense of meaning in life.

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